Ellin speaks to Canadian Na’amat groups about the role of Jewish women in winning WWll
February 7, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Hidden Heroines: The Untold Story of how Canada’s Jewish Women Helped Win the Second World War
With author and journalist Ellin Bessner on Feb. 7, 2021. (VIA ZOOM)
Ellin Bessner will take you on a fascinating journey to meet the Canadian Jewish heroines, both at home and at the front, who helped Canada win WWII. Their contributions to history have never been properly recognized.
You will “meet” Bessner’s own great-aunt, Cpl. Daisy Lazare, who served in Ottawa, along with Sgt. Miriam Freedman, who went overseas with Normandy Landings in 1944, S/O Rose Goodman, who served in Claresholm, Alberta and Pt. Esther (Bubis) Thorley, serving in Vancouver, as well as the legions of Jewish women volunteers who raised funds, packed boxes, made sandwiches and even built the bombs.
Bessner is the author of “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWIl” (2019, University of Toronto Press) and a contributing author to “Northern Lights: A Canadian Jewish History” (2020, Lola Stein Institute).
She spent six years interviewing hundreds of veterans and their families to bring to light the story of how 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith helped defeat Hitler, and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust. They faced great personal risk, should they be captured by the enemy and their religion be discovered. They also faced widespread antisemitism at home, and on the battlefield.